KPC around campus: KPC offers summer school opportunities for students

Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Kenai Peninsula College/UAA offers a variety of summer classes every year referred to as general education requirements. These courses are the backbone of most college degree programs and offer students the skill sets needed to complete the remainder of courses in any degree track.

At the University of Alaska, 34 credits of GER classes are required to graduate with a baccalaureate (four year) degree.

Students have the opportunity to take several GER classes this summer at the Kenai River Campus in an accelerated format. These classes include fundamentals of oral communication, methods of written communications, technical writing, college algebra and general psychology.

The entire summer schedule for the Kenai River Campus can be viewed at the KPC Web site at Registration is available online via the UAA WolfLink system.

The summer courses begin on different dates beginning throughout May. Students can register until the first day of class.

The JumpStart program that allows high school seniors to take college classes at a reduced tuition rate of $35 per credit is available for summer classes. All college bound high school seniors are urged to take advantage of this Kenai Peninsula Borough subsidized program.

The EZ Tuition Payment Plan also is available to help finance the cost of summer classes. The plan requires one third of tuition and fees paid at the time of registration and, depending on the length of the class, the remaining amount due will be divided into two payments, splitting the course length with the final payment due no later the last day of class.

There is no interest charged for this service, but a $2 service fee is charged to administer the plan.

For more information about the EZ Tuition Payment Plan, contact Teena Dyer in Kenai River Campus Services at 262-0310.

KPC professor picked for New York seminar

Journalism instructor Janice High is one of 30 people nationwide selected to participate in the Civil War in Global Context seminar at New York University July 17-24.

The seminar is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as part of its professional development program for teachers, public historians and collegiate faculty. These week-long seminars afford educators the chance to study an important topic in American history with an eminent scholar in the field. In addition to scholarly lectures, participants enjoy seminar-style discussions on pedagogy and visits to historic sites and institutions.

High is especially interested in studying national and international reporting during the Civil War and will incorporate her findings in her journalism course curricula. In addition, she plans to incorporate a history research component in her English composition classes. "The United States purchased Alaska just two years after the war. It would be fascinating to research how U.S. policy toward Alaska was influenced by its post-war attitudes," she said. "And with Alaska approaching its 50th anniversary of statehood, matters of history seem increasingly more relevant."

KPC art professor has work accepted in exhibition

Kenai River Campus art professor Celia Anderson has been notified that her painting "Four More Years" has been accepted in the U.S. regional juried art exhibition, Pacific Northwest Art Annual 2005, at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

According the exhibit Web site, artists living in the Pacific Northwest region including Alaska, British Columbia, Northern California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington were encouraged to submit original art.

Anderson's painting will be featured in the catalog for the exhibit, which will run through June.

Anderson says the piece is "an indictment of the Bush administration's handling of issues concerning the elderly."

Anderson also reminds all art lovers on the Kenai Peninsula that the annual summer art exhibition at the Kenai Visitors and Convention Center in Kenai opened May 2 and will run through Sept. 16.

This year's show, titled "Alaska 2005: Native Arts Now," explores contemporary Native Alaska arts.

The exhibition has been set up by guest curator and accomplished artist Ron Senungetuk. The exhibition features the work of 26 artists with a total of 58 works shown.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibition from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Convention Center on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. For more information, call 283 -1991.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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